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Week in Pictures: 12 to 18 October 2019

A selection of striking news photographs taken around the world this week.

A woman covers her face against a background of smoke plumesImage copyright
Delil Souleiman/AFP

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A woman covers her face by a road near the Syrian Kurdish town of Ras al-Ain, along the border with Turkey. Behind her, tyre fires have been lit to decrease visibility for Turkish warplanes. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan moved against Kurdish forces after President Donald Trump announced he was pulling US forces out of Syria’s border region.

Young children play in the olive grove in the unofficial camp outside the Moria Refugee CampImage copyright
Christopher Furlong/Getty

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Children play in an olive grove outside the Moria Refugee Camp in Mytilene, Greece. The camp in Moria was built for 3,000 people, but now contains far more and has expanded into the neighbouring olive groves.

People celebrate as they watch Eliud Kipchoge run a marathonImage copyright
Njeri Mwangi/Reuters

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People celebrate as they watch Eliud Kipchoge run a marathon on a screen in Karura Forest in Nairobi. The Kenyan Kipchoge, who is the world record holder, became the first person to run the marathon in under two hours, in Vienna, Austria.

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit a settlement of the Kalash people in Chitral, PakistanImage copyright
Samir Hussein/Pool/Reuters

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit a settlement of the Kalash people in Chitral, Pakistan, during a royal tour of the country.

Advanced Space Suit Engineer Kristine Davis wears the xEMU prototype space suit during its presentation at NASA headquartersImage copyright
Carlos Jasso/Reuters

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Advanced Space Suit Engineer Kristine Davis wears the xEMU prototype space suit during its presentation at Nasa headquarters in Washington. Intended for moon-walking, the space suit is designed for greater mobility, and to comfortably fit both sexes of all sizes.

Waste collectors transport plastic scrap for recycling in the suburbs of HanoiImage copyright
Nhac Nguyen/AFP

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A waste collectors transport plastic scrap for recycling in the suburbs of Hanoi, Vietnam

Boris Johnson and Jean-Claude JunckerImage copyright
Stefan Rousseau/PA

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, shake hands ahead of the European Council summit in Brussels.

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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince CharlesImage copyright
Victoria Jones/WPA Pool/Getty

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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, attend the State Opening of Parliament at the Palace of Westminster in London.

Members of the public admire an illuminated art installation looking like the earthImage copyright
Oli Scarff/AFP

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Members of the public admire an illuminated art installation entitled Gaia by Luke Jerram, in the Blackpool Tower ballroom, as part of the Lightpool Festival of Visual Arts.

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